10 Ways to Personalize Corporate Holiday Cards

As the holiday season approaches, corporate holiday cards are a great way to show clients and employees that you appreciate them. From handwritten direct mail to personalized cards, there are many different ways you can show your employees and clients you appreciate them.

However, it can be difficult to know which card is the perfect fit. This guide will show you 10 ways to personalize corporate holiday cards to send to employees, clients, and their loved ones!

Go Above and Beyond This Holiday Season

Sending a corporate holiday card shows that you care about your employees and clients! When everything went online in 2020, sending holiday cards was one of the few ways we could connect with our peers.

In 2023, many people returned to the office, but the world is still uncertain. Some of your employees may have chosen to continue working virtually. Sending a holiday card lets everyone know you’re thinking about them, whether they work in the office or at home.

Sending a holiday card lets everyone know you’re thinking about them, whether they work in the office or at home.

Christmas Cards VS. Holiday Cards

The corporate world is growing more diverse every year. Not everyone on your team or your clientele will be celebrating Christmas. It’s important when you send out holiday cards that you don’t make anyone feel alienated.

Avoid imagery strongly associated with religion, like cards that say “Glory to God” or a similar phrase. However, you can include cards that embody the spirit of the holiday, such as cards that say “Peace and Joy.”

Red and green are great color options but look into other holiday colors too. Blue tones are associated with Hanukkah and can make great holiday cards as well.

Wishing “Happy Holidays” on any style card is a great way to stay holiday-neutral. The easiest way to make everyone feel seen and valued is by staying holiday neutral.

10 Ways to Personalize Corporate Holiday Cards

Before you start designing, it’s important to make sure the cards have a personal touch. This personal touch will make every recipient feel valued. Handwrytten has a wide variety of card designs, so you can find the perfect one for your holiday mailers.

1. Send a Handwritten Card

Handwritten cards are the ideal way to add a personal touch to every seasonal greeting. Your handwriting is an extension of yourself, and it feels like you’re reading the message to them directly. There’s a reason people love sending letters, and it’s all about personal connection.

With services like Handwrytten, you don’t have to make your already busy schedule even busier. Handwrytten uses robots to write out any message onto any number of cards. This technology gives you the beauty and personal touch of a handwritten message without any of the labor.

The robots Handwrytten uses also hold real pens, so your employees and clients won’t feel like they’re getting a generic print-off. With a wide array of handwriting styles available, you can pick the one closest to your own. You can even upload a copy of your handwriting for the robots to replicate!

2. Add a Personal Message

A personal message is the best way to make a card have a personal touch. With Handwrytten, you have up to 500 characters to write out your message, so keep it short and sweet. You could reference a fun memory, or stick with well wishes.

A great phrase for an employee card is:

  • As the holiday season gets closer, we want to thank you for helping us be the success we are today! Have a wonderful holiday season and Happy New Year!

When you send a holiday message to donors or clients, try to avoid selling them on your brand. The goal of this card is not to send them a Christmas-themed sales pitch, but instead to show how personal your company can be.

Phrase ideas for client cards:

  • Everyone here at [company name] is wishing you a Happy Holidays and a Wonderful New Year!
  • Thank you for a great year! Have a great holiday season!

You can save these messages to use as a template for future cards too!

3. Include their Name

The last thing you want is for employees and clients to feel like they’re getting a copy-paste message that is the same as hundreds of other cards! Each card should be memorable.

You can save your main corporate holiday card messages as templates, so you don’t have to retype them. This way, you can add the name of each employee or client to their custom cards. Simply adding a name to a card can make it feel more personal.

4. Keep it Related to Your Business

Picking a design style that is related to your business will remind the recipient that not just you, but the company cares about them as a person. For example, using the same font as your company or having aspects of your corporate color scheme are two easy ways to keep it related to your business.

If you don’t want the card to be too corporate, another option is picking images that are related to what your company does. Companies that work with animals should have a card that includes animals. Maybe your trucking company has a truck with holiday lights on it.

5. Add a Gift Card

Everyone loves a gift card to their favorite store! Handwrytten includes gift card options from over 20 retailers and is an easy way to show you know what they like.

All you have to do is select which gift card you want to add before putting the card in your cart.

6. Include a Sense of Humor

Your employees and clients have been through a lot over the last few years. From working at home to readjusting to an in-person environment, a little humor can brighten anyone’s day.

On the front of your personalized holiday cards, you can include some relatable, modern humor. You don’t want to sound patronizing, but it can show that you relate to their struggles and sympathize.

7. Keep It Fresh and Modern

Modern aesthetics can’t be beaten in a holiday card. Sometimes simpler is better, and modern aesthetics can give you that.

This style of corporate holiday card will have one or two colors. The text will be clean and to the point. There might be a minimalist, painterly image on the front, but the goal of this style is to prevent overcrowding.

8. Add Illustrative Imagery

A great illustration on a card is the perfect way to capture the holiday spirit. This look is inspired by vintage storybooks and childhood drawings. The designs are simple and usually revolve around a monotone color palette.

These designs are great for holiday cards because you can have leaves, branches, snowflakes, reindeer, and other holidayanimals as the core design. In the center, you can have your good wishes. You can also extend the custom design to the envelope.

9. Pick Their Favorite Animal

Everyone loves animals. If you aren’t sure how to make a card, everyone will want to put it on their shelf, put an animal on the card. If you know your employee’s favorite animal, go with that so they know you listen to them.

Dogs in sweaters, for example, are a joyful image that can work on any holiday card. The sweater can be a fun, festive design that shows off your holiday cheer.

The reindeer is an iconic holiday animal. Portraits of animals huddled together to keep warm in the winter are another great option. Animals give you the chance to design a funny card everyone will love.

10. Design the Card Yourself

If you don’t like any of the hundreds of designs Handwrytten has to offer, they also give you the ability to design the card yourself! Some card designs will have a customize button underneath them. When you select this, you can upload any design you want to put on the card.

Automate Holiday Cards for Your Business

Handwrytten gives you the option to automate future deliveries. You can have a card automatically sent to a client or employee on their birthday. This feature makes spreading holiday cheer easy!

Handwritten direct mail automation can also integrate into services like HubSpot and SalesForce with ease. This direct connection to your marketing process makes sending notes to your clients and employees easy. You can send notes without ever leaving the site.

You can also use services like Zapier and Integromat to connect Handwrytten to any app or website you want. All you have to do is push a button and your note will be sent! These sites can be really useful when creating a lot of cards because they can help autofill addresses and names.

Create Custom Business Holiday Cards at Handwrytten

Make sure the note inside your business holiday card is handwritten. The recipient will love the thought behind your message, even more, when it has a handwritten note inside.

Our team of robots at Handwrytten can send notes to everyone on your holiday greeting list. This handwritten note in your corporate holiday cards makes your employees feel loved and appreciated. We can even turn your handwriting into a beautiful note that says anything you want.

Reach out to us today to get started!

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